4/30/2007

5 More Things...

A little while back I posted 5 Things You Don't Know About Me. Well, as another peak behind the curtain, here are 5 more. Only, this time, they're 5 things I've never done...

1) I've never eaten a Filet-o-Fish Sandwich from McDonald's. Every summer, my brother and I and our two cousins would spend the days at my great-aunt's house. At least once a week she would take us to McD's. I would always get the 2 cheesebuger meal. But, my cousins would get the Filet-o-Fish and it would totally gross me out. Something about cheese on fish... and tartar sauce! Still, to this day, I've never eaten one. Oh yeah, I've also never eaten a McRib.

2) I've never rented and watched The Usual Suspects. I've heard so many great things about this movie. So many people who really know movies say I should watch it. Heck, I even love Bryan Singer. But, I've never watched it. Funny thing is, I've rented it four times! But, something's always come up that's prevented me from watching it. Every time, it gets returned to the store unwatched.

3) I've never been to the Joshua Tree national park even though I’ve driven by it 4 times. Here's the deal: I was born on October 27, in the year of our Lord, 1980. U2 came out with their album on March 9, 1987. So, the way that I figure it, they owe me some money. Anyway, every year since I moved to Cali in 2003, I've gone to Palm Springs. Joshua Tree is super close. All I've wanted to do is to get a picture of myself standing in front of the sign holding up my hands to make the "C" and the "E" to make it my name. But everytime I go, none of my friends want to go with me to the sign. I go back on May 28. Hopefully, this year, it'll happen.

4) I've never seen It's a Wonderful Life. Now, before you burn me in effigy, I have my reasons. Ever since I was little, I've always wished that I had a tradition of watching it on TV when it comes on during Christmas. Every year, I promise myself I'm going to do it. Every year, something comes up or, to be honest, I forget. I hope I can see it this year.

5) I've never wished I could change the past. My mom asked me this past Christmas if I wished things would have been different for me growing up. My dad split when I was 14 and things were just... well, let's just say I had to learn a lot of things on my own. But, honestly, I wouldn't change a thing. I am who I am because of where I've come from; because of the choices I've made. If things wouldn't have happened the way that they did, I wouldn't be the man that I am today. Thank you, Lord, for your presence in my life. I would be, and am, nothing without you. Please guide my next 26 years as you've guided these...

Knock, Knock...

Allison has a great post up on her blog right now. Like her, I've often wondered who's reading the stuff that I write. So, how does she solve the problem? She decided to ask. So, here's my own brief survey. Please take a sec to fill it out in the comment field...






1) Have we ever met in the real world? If so, when and where?
2) Where are you right now?
3) How did you find out about my blog?
4) Do you have a blog? How do I find it?
5) What, if anything, would you like for me to write on next?

Body Double 9: May the Frog Be With You...

I saw a commercial for a new reality show coming on FOX this May called On the Lot.

On the Lot affords aspiring filmmakers the opportunity of a lifetime: a $1-million DreamWorks development deal. And, 12,000 people submitted their films for consideration. On the Lot will feature filmmakers who will produce short films in every genre every week and the viewers will vote on who gets eliminated.

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for this. Actually, yes I can. You see, from 8th grade pretty much through most of high school I wanted to be a movie director. That's how my obsession with movies began. And, in the torrent that was my obsession, I focused much of my unquenchable thirst for knowledge on one of, if not the, greatest director(s) of all time, Steven Spielberg. And it's one of Spielberg's good friends and colleagues, George Lucas, that inspired today's Body Double.

Could George Lucas be a member of the animal kingdom? I think he and my friend the frog have a lot in common. It might be his neck pouch that gives him away...


4/28/2007

Great News...

I've Posted here and here about my love for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Well, in a very questionable move by NBC, the show was taken off of the air to be replaced with The Black Donnellys, which NBC cancelled after 7 episodes.

In a showing of love and grace from the Lord, ain't it cool is reporting that the last 6 episodes of Studio 60 will take over the Thursday 10 p.m. “ER” slot starting May 24, the day after sweeps and the regular season conclude (and the season finales of “American Idol” and “Lost” air).

The network announces its fall schedule 10 days before that. I guess we'll find out its fate then. Time to start praying...

What Are You Thinking...

I had a friend in college and an ex-girlfriend who would always ask me what I was thinking. This actually bugged me quite a bit as it made me feel as though I wasn't allowed to have my own private thoughts. Editor's Note: Besides, if they knew that I was actually thinking about ninjas, Spider-man, or food then I would probably have been accused of not paying attention. Anyway, this past week has brought on many thoughts that I would actually like to share with you, the reader. So, with that, I give you a peek behind the curtain into "What I'm Thinking"...

  • Does anyone remember Burger Buddies from Burger King? They were two little burgers that were attached and kind of looked like a figure 8?

  • It seems like a cruel twist of fate that my new DVR's time is set 58 seconds ahead of what the real time is. This has caused me to miss the ending of Heroes and The Office this week. Now I have to manually set the start and stop time every time I want to record something. Bummer...

  • Perception is definitely reality, not necessarily truth, just reality.

  • Uncle Sam hates me.

  • I want to write a book. I already know who I'm going to dedicate it to, and who I'm going to thank in it. Now, I just have to figure out the subject...

  • In life, the best friends are the ones that you aren't afraid to fight with. I think if you feel comfortable enough to fight with somebody, it means you no longer feel insecure in the relationship. This, to me, communicates that true love is present. I have a couple of these friends and I will do anything for them. I hope they know who they are...

  • I wish that I had a mentor.

  • Some people never answer their phone.

  • I hate when I go all "Josh" on something, and then find out that I misunderstood. This happened this week and I am left embarassed, hurt, and confused. I'm going to do everything I can to not let this happen again.

  • I need new shoes... And sandals.
  • The Feeling...

    Argh! I've had such writer's block lately! I've tried for the past hour to think of something to write about, but no dice. So, I figured I'd share with you some new music I just purchased. But first, a little context...

    I have a typical routine that I go through when I wake up:

  • Turn off alarm.
  • Stumble to bathroom. Evacuate bladder.
  • Stumble into kitchen. Make breakfast. Yes! I wash my hands. Sheesh...
  • Turn on Vh1.

    Why do I turn on Vh1? Because, at 7:30am, it still plays music videos. Editor's Note: This is, of course, because they needed to fill a hole in their schedule between I Love the Decade and Let's Give a Has-Been Celebrity a Reality Show.

    I saw this band's video this week. They're called The Feeling. I think that this song, Sewn, has a little bit of a Death Cab for Cutie sound to it. Anyway, I LOVE the video! It's got a bit of a Tim Burton feeling to it. Nice use of stop-motion. Check it out...

  • 4/27/2007

    OK, Picture This...


    Wanna see some sweet pictures? Oh course you do. Check out artist Mark Jenkins' work. It's fake people and animals on the side of the street. So sweet...

    4/26/2007

    Body Double 8: How I Met Your Muppet...

    Yesterday = worst day ever. Why? ...you may ask.

    1) My DVR/Digital Cable broke the night before, so no TV. Specifically, no LOST.
    2) I disc-covered that my frisbee golf discs were stolen when my X-Terra was broken into.
    3) I couldn't fall asleep last night because I couldn't stop my brain from spinning. My usual method of stopping brain-spin is to watch TV, but...

    So, I popped in my How I Met Your Mother DVD's, hit "play all", and lie awake for a couple of extra hours. But one good thing came out of it: a body double!

    Jason Segal, one of the guys who...uh...Met Your Mother could be related to Sam the Eagle, who is a fabricated American. He's a Muppet!

    I wish I had a Muppet that looked like me...

    4/25/2007

    Iron Chef: Battle of the Joshes...

    Josh has thrown down the gauntlet. I have accepted his challenge. Two Joshes enter kitchen stadium, but only one exits victorious. Who will it be? Only time will tell. It should be a good fight. And by good, I mean delicious...

    4/24/2007

    Captain America Arrested With Burrito In Pants...

    Go ahead, tell me that's not the most amazing headline you've ever read in your life. You can't. You just can't. I found this article online today and almost peed with excitement. Go here for the full read. Here's a clip...

    A Brevard County doctor dressed up in a Captain America outfit was arrested with a burrito in his tights. What he allegedly did at the police station got him into more trouble.

    Doctor Raymond Adamcik, 54, would probably rather forget about the weekend when he was arrested on charges of battery, disorderly conduct, drug possession and trying to destroy evidence. It's not what you would expect from a doctor or Captain America.

    4/23/2007

    Body Double 7: Freaks and Geeks...

    I saw the premiere episode of vH1's Celebrity Fit Club today. This season, it's men vs. women. Former 80's child star, Dustin Diamond a.k.a. Screech, is on the show. They're already promoting him as the jerk of the show. As I was watching it today, I noticed how much Screech looks like up-and-coming comedy superstar Seth Rogen. I think we have another body double...

    Updated Image of the Joker...

    A couple of days ago, I posted an image of Heath Ledger as the Joker in the now filming sequel to Batman Begins called the Dark Knight. Well, for some reason, my posted images keep disappearing from Blogger. So go here or here to see those. But here's the latest pic. It's a makeup test image. Notice the scarring around the mouth. Looks like he (the character) may have done it to himself, to give him that permanent clown grin. I can't wait to see an official studio release photo...

    UPDATE: So, I've been fooled. It appears as if this picture is a fake. It was made from a combination of an image of Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom. The artist posted on it here...

    Hot Fuzz...

    "Well, I wouldn't argue that it was a no holds barred, adrenalin fueled thrill ride. But, there is no way you can perpetrate that amount of carnage and mayhem and not incur a considerable amount of paperwork."

    Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to be a part of history. Years from now, your children will ask where you were when this event occurred. You will begin to recount to them the story, with much detail, of the day you bore witness to the first-ever certified 5 Yarmulke™ rating given here at "Part of the Process". And so, without further delay...

    Hot Fuzz
    Running Time: 2 hrs. 1 min.
    Directed By: Edgar Wright
    Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton

    Let me start by saying that this movie is not your typical parody. Most parodies like to put themselves up on a hill and look down on the source material that they mock, as if they're better than. But these guys, who also made 2004's Shaun of the Dead, love the films that they poke fun at so much, their movies are more like homages than straight parody. Hot Fuzz is their tribute to action movies, and it is great!

    So, what was good?
  • This movie is incredible at being self-aware (knowing what it is and what it's about) but not taking itself too seriously (the characters take pride and enjoyment in spouting witty quips after they defeat a bad guy).

  • Simon Pegg is great as a super intense, over acheiving cop. Word is that he lost 30 lbs. for the part. He makes a totally convincing action hero, even if he does have red hair.

  • The action in the movie is incredible. At one point, an old lady fires a gun at Pegg, who then procedes to run towards her and dropkick her in the face. Oh yeah...

    But...
  • But nothing. I thought this movie was incredible.

    And so, to Hot Fuzz, I give the honor of being awarded the very first certified 5 Yarmulke™ rating.


    If you like action and comedy (especially British humour) then you will love this movie. It's definitle an opening night flick. If you want to have fun at the movies, go see Hot Fuzz...
  • 4/21/2007

    Dreams Can Come True... It Can Happen To You...

    People have been speculating for a while over the fate of the Spider-man movie franchise. First, Tobey says he's out. Then, Sam says he's still interested. Kirsten even poked her nose in to say her, Sam, and Tobey are a team and none of them would do any more movies without the others.

    So, an official announcement came down today from the admiral himself. Raimi confirmed that Sony pictures will indeed make Spider-man 4, 5, and 6 adding that he hadn't had time to think of his involvement, nor does he want to presume that Sony would want him to direct. He said there has to be a good story to tell and that "it'd be very hard to say goodbye to Spider-man."

    So, my obsession will continue for at least 6 more years...

    4/20/2007

    Office-cially Excited...

    Dear The Office,
    Really? TWO new episodes and then a rerun? Do you hate me that much? I'm so glad that next week's episode is new AND looks amazing. It'd better be worth the two week wait...

    Some People Call Me a Space Cowboy...

    Anticipation is high for the upcoming sequel to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight. With most of the principal cast returning (sans Katie Holmes) and the addition of Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, and Heath Ledger as the Clown Prince of Crime, it's sure to be a great movie. Speculation is high as to what the new "more realistic look" of the Joker Director Chris Nolan is going to bring to the screen. Word has it that the signature white skin is being replaced with a more gray-ish tone. He's supposedly pretty scarred up too. Some pics came on the scene yesterday. If these are any indication, he kind of looks the same. Warner Bros. is supposed to relaease some official images this summer so that they can beat others to the punch. I guess we'll have to wait until then to see for sure. Until then, here's your first look...

    4/18/2007

    Web Wednesday: Conan the Commencementor...

    The arrival of the ice cream truck has given me inspiration for a Web Wednesday post! Today's entry comes to us from the past. In the year 2000 to be exact... Do you like Conan O'Brien? Of course you do. If you didn't you'd be mentally weak. Back in 2000, he returned to his alma mater to give the commencement address. I put a short clip below, but click here to read the whole thing...

    When I was here, they sold diapers at the Coop that said "Harvard Class of 2000." At the time, it was kind of a joke, but now I realize you wore those diapers. How embarrassing for you. A lot has happened in fifteen years. When you think about it, we come from completely different worlds. When I graduated, we watched movies starring Tom Cruise and listened to music by Madonna. I come from a time when we huddled around our TV sets and watched "The Cosby Show" on NBC, never imagining that there would one day be a show called "Cosby" on CBS. In 1985 we drove cars with driver's side airbags, but if you told us that one day there'd be passenger side airbags, we'd have burned you for witchcraft.

    I Screamed...

    This might be the first time that I've ever "live-blogged" something. Here's what just occured in my world:

    I'm sitting in my office, working on some ideas for the weekend service, when I hear some high-pitched chime music. I looked around only to discover that our worship pastor, whose office is across from mine, was nowhere to be found. I did a quick pat down on my skull and, after concluding that I didn't have a brain tumor, decided to investigate the source of the music.

    I exited my office, made a sharp right, and stopped outside of Brian's window. I peered through his window in an effort to deduce whether he was attempting to drive me crazy. Unfortunately, his office wasn't the source of the music. So, I walked through the door to the mini-lobby just outside of both of our offices. That's when I saw it...

    THE ICE CREAM TRUCK!

    The ice cream truck had come to our church offices! But, this wasn't just any ordinary ice cream truck. This was a soft serve ice cream truck. Oh yeah...

    I knocked on Brian's window to tell him, but was met with immediate disbelief. After all, no self respecting ice cream truck stops at a place of business. Upon further convincing, he grabbed his wallet and headed out. I, like a cheetah with the runs, bolted back to my office to search my desk for cash. I found 2 dollars worth of salvation at the bottom of my second drawer and headed out to join Brian in enjoying some lactose that, truth be told, I cannot tolerate.

    But wait... WHY IS IT DRIVING AWAY?!?

    My hopes: dashed. My dreams: crushed. My stomach: empty. But then, the salvithic shine of scarlet brake lights cried out to me, as if to say, "Josh, shut your mouth and stop crying. Get your butt out here and buy some delicious dairy delights!" I quickly obliged and completed my savory mission.

    I am, as I type, enjoying a vanilla-chocolate swirl ice cream cone. Editor's Note: Whoops! I just spilled some on my keyboard! ... ... ... There. All clean!

    So, adults of the world, this I say to you: As you toil away in your office, working hard for the money, don't lose hope. You never know when salvation will come in the form of soft serve dairy on wheels...

    4/17/2007

    Oh Yeah, I Forgot...

    I forgot to post this from two weekends ago. I found these Easter baskets at Wal-Mart and knew that the Lord had pre-destined me to buy them. Our Easter teaching series was comic book themed, so they were great prizes for the service. I filled them with all types of candy, a DVD copy of The Incredibles, and some sweet mini-plush Spider-man and Venom dolls. I thought about just keeping these for myself, but I had to remind myself that I bought them for the kids. I love my job so much...

    Ok, I Give. You Win...

    After much pressure from my friends, I am stepping boldly into the 21st century. Earlier this morning, I ordered DVR service. I didn't order Tivo, but I couldn't think of another picture to go with this post. So, I will be DVR-ing a couple of different shows every week. They are:




  • Sam the Cooking Guy
  • The Office
  • Heroes
  • LOST
  • House
  • Smallville
  • Veronica Mars
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Little People, Big World (My new favorite show!)

    Do you think I'm missing any...
  • #10 and Counting...

    In preparation for the release of the greatest movie ever made, I purchased this little bit of amazingness. It's The Amazing Spider-man: The Complete Collection on DVD-ROM. It has every issue from creation through last June. I retails for $44.99, but I got it off of eBay for $25.00. Sweet... I will read every issue before May 4th. This is going to be sweet...

    My Latest Creation...

    It's been a couple of weeks, but Jarred finally made his way back over last night. We used to get together at least once a week and cook and play Guitar Hero, but with Easter stuff and his wedding approaching, it had been a while. So, I decided that I should try something that I'd never made before.

    Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

    I know... Sounds amazing doesn't it? Well, let me offer up my personal testimony that, yes, it is amazing. Unfortunately, I forgot my digital camera at work, so I don't have a picture. Hopefully, the recipe will do. Julie, you should try this. Here's the recipe...

    Things That Freak Me Out...

    On occasion, I encounter things that really freak me out. This is one of those things. On Sunday, I began to describe it to my students, but they had no idea what I was talking about. So, here it is for those of you who haven't seen it. Does this guy freak you out as much as me...

    4/16/2007

    The Landlord...

    Do you enjoy the Will Ferrell? Of course you do. Who doesn't? I'll tell you who: communist puppy-kickers. But that's beside the point. If you enjoy the Will Ferrell then you should watch the below video. It's a short film called "The Lanlord" and it stars Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Adam's daughter Pearl. Will is a giant in the comedy world. But, if there's anyone who could usurp him, It's Pearl. WARNING: There are a few NSFW words in this. Click here to enjoy...

    4/15/2007

    Bros Before Hose...

    I love my job. I love my job because I love my kids. Today's service was great. Not so much because my message was amazing, or the game was phenomenal (although it was) but because today was a day that I felt super cared for by my kids.

    Now, don't get me wrong. I've felt like my students cared about me for some time. But something about the conversations I had between the services and after today that made me feel pretty good. I mean, these were 8th grade guys, so the conversations were mostly ridiculous. But they were a great reminder of why I do what I do.

    Our game was awesome! I had the students put pantyhose over their heads and then they had to eat pudding through the hose. It might have been one of the funniest things I've ever seen. I couldn't stop laughing and neither could the students!

    I love my job...

    Freaky...

    OK, this is kind of freaky. See that picture below? Angry on the left, calm on the right? Take a good look... Now, get up and walk about 5 or 6 steps back from your screen and look again. The faces change positions! How weird is that? I'm a little scared...

    4/14/2007

    You Are Cordially Invited...

    Do you like good music? Do you like to laugh? Do you like to meet new people? Do you live within driving distance of San Diego? If you answered yes to any of these questions (especially the fourth) then you should come to New Fomat tomorrow night (April 15th). Improv comedy + Summer Wilshire + coffee house + great people = good times. Click the New Format link for details...

    Post Number 9...

    I just ran across Snow Patrol's new music video for a song they have featured on the soundtrack to Spider-man 3. The video is a reinactment of Spider-man 1 and 2 as a children's school play. I dare you to watch it and think it's not cute...

    Lunch With a Hero...

    Sometimes, you just get blessed with a great day. Friday was that day. It started when I drove up to Orange County and had lunch with Josh at Red Robin. It's always a great time when Josh is involved. He's one of my heroes. So what do two guys who love ministry, movies, laughing, and all things technology talk about?

  • Spider-man 3
  • How to make iTunes work for you
  • What are some things that an intern needs to know to get the most out of their internship
  • American Idol and Chris Sligh
  • How blogging can help the church

    But the day didn't end there. Afterwards, I got to hang out with Annie for a few minutes and help her run some errands. We even ran into McGill while we were out! Later on, HSM was getting back from their week in Ensenada, so I hung around and talked with Allison for a few.

    The day concluded with Stephen, Brian, and I grabbing some pizza and talking for a couple of hours. Stephen's looking for a job as a Middle School pastor, so we talked for a bit about my experience in looking for a job 2 years ago.

    Such a great day! Any day that's filled with hanging out with people you care about is always OK with me...
  • Journey Up...

    A few weeks ago, our church announced that we would have the opportunity to purchase the property that we presently occupy. This is kind of a big deal because, for the past ten years, our landlord has emphatically said that they would never sell to us. However, in the past few months, the landlord's mind changed and they offered us the opportunity to buy. But, because of their expedited timeline, we have to raise a lot of money in a little bit of time. Here's a video that we produced to better explain what's going on. Editor's Note: During the production of this video, they made me wipe my face with a toilet seat cover. Then, they put makeup foundation on me. I've never felt more masculine...

    4/12/2007

    22 More Days...

    For those of you keeping score, this is my 8th post about Spider-man 3. Two days ago I posted about how sneaky Yahoo! thought they were by posting a slighly altered version of the second full trailer. Well, a 3rd full trailer came online today (Wednesday). And guess what? That's right, I have a brand new screen capture of Venom. Oh gosh, I can't wait...

    4/11/2007

    Web Wednesday: Who's More Famouser...

    Wow! Another Web Wednesday? You shouldn't have... But I did. Today's entry comes from a little website by the name of famousr.com. It's a game where they display pictures of two celebrities and you decide which one is more famous. Pretty simple. Pretty addicting. I played for about 18 minutes and my best streak was 31. Check it out...

    4/10/2007

    Texting Etiquette...

    Lately, Griff has been putting up some posts on texting etiquette. (Check them out here and here.) Well, I've had a post about texts brewing in the back of my head for some time now, but hadn't found the right angle to take on it nor had I found the right opportunity to write it. Until now.

    I must admit that, when I first got a phone with texting capabilities, I didn't take advantage of them. It took about 4 times longer for me to type out a text than to just call the person. I mean, just to spell "call me", I had to hit the "2" 3x, "2" once, "5" 3x, "5" 3x, space, "6" once, and "3" twice. Too much effort for such a little thing. That is, until my cousin introduced me to the wonder that is T9word. You see, with T9word, you just hit the buttons once, and the phone automatically knows what you're trying to type. Most of the time...

    For the past couple of months, I've been noticing some funny mistakes in what the phone assumes I'm typing. For instance, when I try to type the name "Anna", I get "bomb". When I try to type "scared", I get "sacred". These are both small, but mildly humorous mistakes. But sometimes, T9word can give you some doosies.

    Why, just yesterday, I was texting a friend (who is very funny) to ask how their afternoon was going, and if they had arrived at their destination yet. Here's how the conversation went:

    Me: Hey! Are you there yet? I'm super bored...

    Them: Not yet... I'm just sitting here fondling.

    Wait... what?

    It was about 2 seconds after I had read their response and scratched my head wondering if they were joking (or just kind of a perv) that they called me to explain. Apparently, when you try to type "doodleing" on T9word, it assumes you're typing "fondling".

    So, dear readers, when texting using T9word, always remember to make sure that you and your phone are talking about the same thing. Otherwise, your reputation could be slightly sullied...

    4/09/2007

    Millions of Peaches...

    Parents of the world, please do yourselves a favor. When it comes time for you to name your daughter; do not under any circumstances name her Peaches. Otherwise, she will come home after work and throw her car keys at you after she has had the following conversation with a customer:

    Peaches: Hi, welcome to Burger King.

    Customer: Hello.

    Peaches: How are you this evening?

    Customer: (After noticing her name tag.) Oh, I'm peachy keen!

    Peaches: *Hostile silence.

    Here are some facts on this situation: 1) The customer was me. 2) How do you not make a joke about someone whose name is Peaches?

    You would have done the same thing...

    25 More Days...

    Yahoo! Movies, you are sneaky. Did you really think you could put up a newer version of the Spider-man 3 trailer and I wouldn't find out? Don't you know that I'm obsessed with this movie? Everybody else does.

    Anyway, I went ahead and did a screen capture on a new scene with Venom from the trailer (see above picture). Good night, I'm stoked on this movie... Want to see the new version of the trailer? Check it out here...

    Body Double 6: Secret Identity...

    I've thought this one for years. But, after seeing the new Red Hot Chili Peppers' video, I remembered how strong this Body Double was. Could Will Ferrell and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, be the same person? Does Will Ferrell leave the set of his latest movie early on some days to play drums in a rock band? Who knows...

    Important Thoughts #5...

    I've been reading Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice. It's a fictionalized account of Jesus' childhood and it's very good. As I was eating breakfast on Friday morning, I ran across a passage that hit me pretty hard. In the passage, Jesus' uncle (Mary's brother) Cleopas is being asked by Jesus why Joseph (Jesus' Earthly father) won't answer his questions about events in his past. Cleopas's reply floored me:




    "He doesn't understand things himself," he said. "And when a man doesn't understand, he can't explain."
    "Joseph? Not understand?" I asked.
    "Yes, that's what I said. I said it for your ears only."
    "You understand?" I asked.
    "I try," he said. He raised his eyebrows and he smiled. "You know me. You know that I try. But Joseph's way is to wait, wait on the Lord himself. Joseph doesn't have to understand, because Joseph trusts in the Lord completely.

    As someone who equates trust with understanding, this has been on my mind for 2 days. If I really trust someone, do I have to understand everything about them? No. Of course not. Why do I live as if this doesn't apply to God? Gosh, this is still running though my head...

    4/08/2007

    I'm Changing...

    I found a website today that allows you to upload a photo of yourself, then change your gender and race. I have to say, some of the photos turned out a little creepy, but it's a cool way to kill a few minutes nonetheless. Check it out here. And check out my morphed pictures below...

    That's What She Segg...

    Best Easter egg ever. Thanks Annie...

    Maybe... Possibly... Could Be... The Best Game Ever...

    Last year, for Easter, I made up a game called Egg-Head. I was trying to think of a way to make it even better this year, so I did what any wise man would; I called in reinforcements. So, after talking with Allison, I had been given a super sweet idea. Basically, kids take turns opening Easter eggs. They're looking for a pair of movie tickets that are hidden in one egg. What's in the other eggs? Well, there are some good foods... And there are some bad foods... Oh yeah, and the good and the bad are combined in the same eggs. Here's a list of the combos...

    1) Peanut Butter & Spam

    2) Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies & Mayonaisse

    3) Hershey's Chocolate & Bumblebee Tuna

    4) Oreos & Dill Pickle Slices

    5) Circus Animal Cookies & Mushrooms

    6) Peeps & Jalapeno Peppers

    Have You Eaten At Jack In the Box Lately...

    Sadly, I have. I ate there just last night. Lucky for me I had a burger and not a chicken fajita.

    Personally, I think it's a hospital bracelet...

    The Story...

    I saw Brandi Carlile perform the song The Story on Leno this past week. Here's the deal; at one part of the song, she scares the crap out of me. But I still think that it's just an UH-mazing song. Something about the passion with which she sings these lyrics... Dang girl...

    4/07/2007

    This Will Really Satisfy You...

    Have you ever wondered how to make a giant Snickers? Me too. Here's how:









    For the full recipe, go here...

    Rorschach's Journal: October 12th, 1985...

    If you read my blog with any type of regularity, you know that it would be easy to believe that I'm a huge nerd. This post will do nothing to alleviate that.

    I went to Borders last night and bought a book. I have no idea how this book got in my mind, but for some reason, it was there. So, as is my custom when something is on my mind, I researched it, located it, and then purchased it. The book of which I speak is Watchmen by Alan Moore. Now before I say anything else I would like to say these three things: 1) Watchmen is a graphic novel. It's not a comic book. They're different. 2) It was written by Alan Moore. Along with Frank Miller, Moore's writing has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry. Most will say that he (Moore) is responsible for the creation of the "adult comic". Yes, he looks like a crazed, rabid pirate lumberjack, but he's an amazing writer. How do I know? 3) Watchmen is on Time Magazine's list of All Time Top 100 Novels. Yeah, you know who's not on that list? Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Charles Dickens, T.H. White, Michael Crichton, Mitch Albom and a bunch of other "stereotypically good" authors.

    Here's a brief description from wikipedia:
    Watchmen is set in 1985, in an alternative history United States where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union (the Doomsday Clock is at five minutes to midnight). It tells the story of a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own. Watchmen depicts superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and who - with one notable exception - lack anything recognizable as super powers. Watchmen's deconstruction of the conventional superhero archetype, combined with its innovative adaptation of cinematic techniques and heavy use of symbolism, multi-layered dialogue, and metafiction, has influenced both comics and film.

    So, why am I telling you this? Easy. I read the first chapter last night, and it's good. But not just "good". I mean GOOD. If you've ever doubted the validity of graphic storytelling, read this book. I'll be in my Lay-Z-Boy finishing it myself...

    P.S. Zack Snyder, director of 300, is making Watchmen into a movie. It's release date is set for sometime during 2008. Here's a test image that he released from the movie. Dude, it's going to be so sweet...

    4/06/2007

    What's In a Name...

    I found this list on digg tonight. Ever wondered where companies got their names from? Well, here you go...

    7-Eleven: this chain of convenience stores started in 1927 as U-Tote’m (so called because customers “toted” away their purchases). In 1946, U-Tote’m became 7-Eleven to reflect the stores’ new, extended hours: 7am until 11pm, seven days a week.

    Adidas: from the name of the founder Adolf (Adi) Dassler.

    Adobe: from the name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the houses of founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke.

    Amazon.com: founder Jeff Bezos renamed the company Amazon (from the earlier name of Cadabra.com) after the world’s most voluminous river, the Amazon. He saw the potential for a larger volume of sales in an online (as opposed to a bricks and mortar) bookstore.

    Apache: according to the project’s 1997 FAQ: “The Apache group was formed around a number of people who provided patch files that had been written for NCSA httpd 1.3. The result after combining them was A PAtCHy server.”

    Apple: for the favourite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard.

    Arby’s: the enunciation of the initials of its founders, the Raffel Brothers

    Arm & Hammer: the founder’s name was Armand Maccabee. The word maccabee is a biblical Hebrew name that translates to the English - hammer.

    Audi: Latin translation of the German name ‘Horch’. The founder August Horch left the company after five years, but still wanted to manufacture cars. Since the original ‘Horch’ company was still there, he called his new company Audi, the Latin form of his last name. In English it is: “hark!”.

    BIC Corporation: the pen company was named after one of its founders, Marcel Bich. He dropped the final ‘h’ to avoid a potentially inappropriate English pronunciation of the name.

    Bridgestone: named after founder Shojiro Ishibashi. The surname Ishibashi means “stone bridge”, or “bridge of stone”.

    Canon: Originally (1933) Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory the new name (1935) derived from the name of the company’s first camera, the Kwannon, in turn named after the Japanese name of the Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy.

    Debian: project founder Ian Murdock named it after himself and his girlfriend, Debra.

    eBay: Pierre Omidyar, who had created the Auction Web trading website, had formed a web consulting concern called Echo Bay Technology Group. “Echo Bay” didn’t refer to the town in Nevada, “It just sounded cool,” Omidyar reportedly said. Echo Bay Mines Limited, a gold mining company, had already taken EchoBay.com, so Omidyar registered what (at the time) he thought was the second best name: eBay.com.

    Epson: Epson Seiko Corporation, the Japanese printer and peripheral manufacturer, was named from “Son of Electronic Printer”

    Häagen-Dazs: contrary to common belief the name is not European: it is simply two made-up words meant to look European to American eyes.

    Hasbro: founded by Henry and Helal Hassenfeld, the “Hassenfeld Brothers”.

    IKEA: A composite of the first letters in the Swedish founder Ingvar Kamprad’s name in addition to the first letters of the names of the property and the village in which he grew up: Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd.

    Kodak: Both the Kodak camera and the name were the invention of founder George Eastman. The letter “K” was a favourite with Eastman; he felt it a strong and incisive letter. He tried out various combinations of words starting and ending with “K”.

    LEGO: combination of the Danish “leg godt”, which means to “play well.” Lego also means “I put together” in Latin, but LEGO Group claims this is only a coincidence and the etymology of the word is entirely Danish. Years before the little plastic brick was invented, LEGO manufactured wooden toys.

    Mercedes: from the first name of the daughter of Emil Jellinek, who distributed cars of the early Daimler company around 1900.

    Motorola: Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company (at the time, Galvin Manufacturing Company) started manufacturing radios for cars. Many audio equipment makers of the era used the “ola” ending for their products, most famously the “Victrola” phonograph made by the Victor Talking Machine Company. The name was meant to convey the idea of “sound” and “motion”. It became so widely recognized that the company later adopted it as the company name.

    Nokia: started as a wood-pulp mill, the company expanded into producing rubber products in the Finnish city of Nokia. The company later adopted the city’s name.

    Oracle: Larry Ellison, Ed Oates and Bob Miner were working on a consulting project for the CIA. The code name for the project was Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or some such). The project was designed to use the newly written SQL database language from IBM. The project was eventually terminated but they decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. Later they changed the name of the company, Relational Technology Inc., to the name of the product.

    Pepsi: named from the digestive enzyme pepsin.

    Raytheon: “Light of the gods.” Maker of missiles such as Patriot, Maverick, Sidewinder and Tomahawk, among other military technology.

    Reebok: alternate spelling of rhebok (Pelea capreolus), an African antelope.

    Samsonite: named from the Biblical character Samson, renowned for his strength.

    Sharp: Japanese consumer electronics company named from its first product, an ever-sharp pencil.

    Six Apart: company co-founders Ben and Mena Trott were born six days apart (in September 1977).

    Sprint: from its parent company, Southern Pacific Railroad INTernal Communications. At the time, pipelines and railroad tracks were the cheapest place to lay communications lines, as the right-of-way was already leased or owned.

    Starbucks: named after Starbuck, a character in Herman Melville’s whaling novel, Moby-Dick.

    Taco Bell: named after founder Glen Bell.

    Virgin: Founder Richard Branson’s first company sold records by mail order. He and his friends chose the name Virgin Records as they were all virgins when it came to business

    Volvo: from the Latin word volvo, which means “I roll”. It was originally a name for a ball bearing being developed by SKF.

    Wipro: from Western India Vegetable Products Limited. The company started as a modest Vanaspati and laundry soap producer and is now also an IT services giant.


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    Don't Make Me Show You the Napkin...

    When I was in college, I told my friend, Becca, that I had an idea for a movie.

    Here it is:
    The movie would start at a wedding and focus in on the best man. You see, he used to go out with the bride. But it didn't work out. We find out that every girl that he dates goes on to marry the very next guy she goes out with. He would then meet the girl of his dreams. But, now that our hero knows about his curse (which is a gift to others) he knows that he can't go out with her, or he'll lose her. So he comes up with all kinds of excuses to avoid dating her. All the while she is falling in love with him. Romantic comedy ensues... By the way, I had this idea because it's my life story. Seriously...

    Well, it turns out that, much like my iPod, my idea was stolen. I just saw this trailer for a movie called Good Luck Chuck, starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba. Same plot + sex and Jessica Alba in her underwear.

    Editor's Note: Wait... did I say they stole my idea? I meant made better. Just kidding Mom.

    So, congratulations Dane Cook. You're about to make a billion dollars off of my life...